Who Makes MINI Cooper and Where Are MINI Coopers Made?


MINI is known for making fun cars with a ton of personality, but here’s a question we hear a lot. Is MINI a British company or a German one?

You may be inclined to say the automaker is British, especially since you’ve probably seen a Mini with a Union Jack flag on its roof before or remember Mr. Bean driving one, but today the automaker is owned by German brand BMW.

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In this post, we’ll provide a brief backgrounder on the MINI brand, how it fell into BMW’s possession and where it builds its cars today. If you’ve ever wondered how the familiar bug-eyed hatch got to where it is today, you’ve found the right post.

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Who Makes MINI Cooper?

MINI has been owned by BMW Group since 2000, but it started out life as a British brand.

MINI was originally a model name, being used on the Austin Mini and Morris Mini, which were essentially the same car, but were sold under different brands owned by British Leyland. In 1969, Mini became its own brand, with the Austin and Morris models becoming amalgamated under a single entity.

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MINI production continued for a long while, with BL, now called Rover Group, even introducing an evolved version of the aging hatch in 1996, production of which lasted until 2000. Meanwhile BMW, which had purchased the brand from Rover Group in 1996, had set to work on a next-generation model, which was introduced for the 2001 model year.

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BMW Group still owns the MINI brand today and has expanded its model range to include several models apart from the standard two-door hatchback, including a convertible, a five-door, the Countryman crossover, and the Clubman wagon. MINI research and development happen at BMW headquarters in Munich, Germany.

Where is MINI Made?

Despite the German ties, MINI’s largest plant is still based in England, although this isn’t where all of its vehicles are made. MINI only manufacturers in two locations to serve its global market.

Plant Oxford – Cowley, Oxford, England

  • MINI 3-Door
  • MINI 5-Door
  • MINI Convertible
  • MINI Clubman

VDL Nedcar (contract plant) – Born, Netherlands

  • MINI 3-Door
  • MINI 5-Door
  • MINI Convertible
  • MINI Countryman

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Jorge Uribe says:

The greates car I ever owned!

mel says:

I just purchased a 2014 Mini. So far I really am enjoying it. It is a convertible with the name Copper on the rear. Have not driven it far enough to figure out all the details. It seems to be very solid.Have had many vehicle over the years.Hopefully this will be a keeper!.